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I've been horrible about updating this journal lately. I do have stuff I to say; I just don't often find myself in the right frame of mind to write it all down. Today, I thought I'd do a quickie update about some of the yarn projects I've been working on lately. I finished two big projects: my afghan (finally!) and a sweater for Connor, plus a variety of other goodies - including some that I can't post about yet, because they're gifts for people who might be reading this. :D :D :D

The biggest thing I finished (and definitely the biggest project I've done to date) is this afghan for my bed. I started working on it back in February of 2007, and I really love the way it turned out! This journal entry shows close-ups of some of the squares. I haven't actually used it on my bed yet; I'm trying to decide whether or not to sew a backing on it, to keep it from getting snagged. But . . . it's finished, and I love it:



The other thing I finished was this sweater for Connor. The skull and crossbones are done in glow-in-the-dark yarn, and it really does glow (although I couldn't get a good photo of it; I was being lazy about camera settings):

Glow-in-the Dark Skull & Crossbones Sweater

I had to make some adjustments to the pattern (which is from a booklet by Bernat) to make the sweater big enough for him. That was a bit scary, but it turned out great! Except that I cast off on the neckline a bit too tightly, so he has trouble getting it on and off over his head. :D

More projects behind the cut, plus cute baby in a sweater photo:

I actually posted about this project before, but not with such a gorgeous model! Here's Mookie in the sweater I knit for her - the first sweater I ever made, come to think of it! Heh. In that photo, she's holding the book with the pattern for the sweater I made for Connor.

Mookie!

This is something I made for myself. I needed a little wallet that I could stuff into my backpack, but also carry around by itself when I wasn't carrying the backpack. So, I crocheted this in one evening, and so far, it's really handy, and I love the colors of the yarn:

Crocheted Wallet

Here's a market bag I whipped together:

Market Bag

And a couple of projects I made a while ago, but didn't post about because they were gifts to people who read this journal:

For yokospungeon

Starghan

And for tabouli

Babette Blanket

(You can see how much more ambitious I've become over time, between the first blanket and the second one. I find myself a lot more willing to do more complicated projects now that I've got some recent practice).

Now, I'm getting ready to cast on a new project - something for myself. I'm going to make this sweater (http://shop.interweave.com/Central-Park-Hoodie-P204C27.aspx), out of this yarn:

Royal Tweed


(And yes, this means I have to learn how to do cables). :D


Oh, and speaking of photos, in case anyone noticed that I haven't been posting many lately, it's partly because I decided to drop out of doing Project 365 this year. I got about six months of the way through the year, and I really enjoyed it for most of that time. But when school started getting busy, I found that I really didn't have the time or the motivation to go out and do interesting things with the camera, and I was getting really tired of taking random shots of dumb stuff around the house, just to get my picture each day. So, I decided to stop. :) Maybe I'll do it again some other year, as it was really great when I had a bit more time. Not right now, though.

Comments

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elite
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my word, these are all so great!

I love the skull sweater and adore the purple afghan. Seriously adore. I keep scrolling up to look at it again. :)
edda
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
OMG CONNOR!! He looks ADORABLE in that sweater! You are Le Crafty, madame!

*applauds*
macloudt
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Well done! The afghan's gorgeous, and I'm glad to see you were sane enough to crochet really big squares. :D The blanket for Tabouli's Junior also made me smile as I passed on knitting a blanket for Junior myself! And it's always lovely to see the ever-gorgeous Mookie.

I'm in the middle of knitting the kids' winter woolies. The temperature may rarely fall below freezing here but the cold wind bites right down to the bone. Gareth now has a rather long walk to school and part of that is along the river, which is especially windy and chilly.
happy_potterer
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Cables are so much fun! Nothing in knitting gives as much satisfaction for the amount of effort required.

My advice: a row or two after each twist, check to make sure you twisted the right way. Realizing ten rows later that you screwed it up bites.
happy_potterer
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
You have two seriously cute models there. I'm sure Son of Tabouli will be a third.
paulaplays
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
That afghan is gorgeous!

Connor is an amazingly beautiful young man. He looks like a kid you might see in a fashion magazine. Obviously takes after his mother.

This is the ONE craft I wish I could do. I'm extremely envious. You have made some beautiful things.
munin
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I love that sweater. I need to do more stuff with knitting and crochet.
dsneyvoice
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
OMG I can't believe how big Connor is getting! And holy cow - he is gonna have to beat the girls off with a stick when he gets older.
tmkr
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Wow! Color me impressed. :D Very, very nicely done. :)

I concur about putting a backing on the blanket (now ask me how many of mine I've done that to). And cables are surprisingly easy. There are also tutorials out there for doing them without a cable needle, once you get tired with the fiddliness of that. ;)
heathwitch
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
I love that blankie! :)
emperor_fool
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh! That afghan is just beautiful! (So is everything else here, but that first caught my eye.) You SO rock!
countedx58
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
I see a purple theme. That wouldn't be your favorite color, would it?

What is that star-shaped thing?

Congratulations on finally finishing the giant bedspread! How would you back something like that? The idea of backing a crocheted or knitted piece has never crossed my mind. I'm intrigued.
countedx58
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Oh, one more thing. Doesn't cabling mean you have to use four needles instead of two? (I don't know how to knit, so my knitting questions are all shots in the dark.)
here_be_dragons
Nov. 14th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's a baby blanket - it's supposed to be a star shape, but mine turned out a bit spiraly, so it's more of a starfish. :D

Heh. See, that's part of the trouble I'm having. I'm not sure how to back it. I'm thinking about getting a big piece of fleece, and just sewing it onto the back. OR, I might just get a big piece of fleece and NOT sew it - if I lay the fleece down first, and then put the afghan on top, probably friction will do a good job of keeping them together, even if I don't sew them. I'm just a bit nervous about how it would turn out if I stitched it - it might get uneven, or lumpy, or something. O_o

As for cabling? I'm going to be using a special tiny needle - a cable needle - which is only about three inches long. I think it holds the cable stitches, which are done out of order, until you need to use them? I'm not really sure how it works yet. :D
wakingspirit
Nov. 13th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh is that a Babbett? I really want to do one of those. Er someday after I finish the other 100000 things I want to do, lol.

I'm so impressed you managed another sweater--is that intarsia or stranding? I have a bit of colorwork coming up and I'm nervous!
here_be_dragons
Nov. 14th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
It was inspired by the Babbette; I didn't want to buy the pattern (or have to go to the trouble of following a pattern), so I just bought a bunch of colors that went well together, and started crocheting squares in mostly random color patterns. Towards the end, once I started laying it out to piece together, I chose colors based on getting a good balance. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, although it doesn't lie quite as flat as I would have liked (and can't be properly blocked, because I used acrylic yarn. No way I would give someone a baby blanket that would have to be hand washed :D).

Hmnh. I don't know the difference between intarsia and stranding. I think it's intarsia? I made little balls (or just used new skeins in some cases, without actually making new balls). Since it was just the two colors, it never got too scary. It was tricky at first, and the first time I started on the pattern, I ended up frogging the first few rows I'd done because there were holes between colors, because I hadn't wrapped the strands around one another. (So, remember to wrap the two strands when doing a color change! :D). But after I'd done a few rows, it was really pretty simple. I worried about the tension, and keeping it even, but mostly I think that came out fine. It looks really good, anyway. So, don't be nervous about your colorwork! (But I would recommend that you run a piece of yarn to hold your stitches right before you start - that way if you need to frog, it's not a nightmare of finding the stitches again).

My next project is to learn to do cables, which everyone tells me is easy . . . but it looks HARD! :D
here_be_dragons
Nov. 14th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh - here's a link to the "Babette," if you're interested. :)

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/HereBeDragons/babette-blanket
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